The Thames Water Utilities Limited Board comprises of the Chairman, three Executive Directors, namely the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Director of Strategy and Regulation and 10 Non-Executive Directors, 5 of whom are independent.
Between them, the directors have a wealth of management and financial experience, together with extensive specialist knowledge of the water industry and other regulated utilities.
Both our Board and Ofwat consider six of the directors to be independent non-executives.
The current members of our Board are listed below:
Sir Peter Mason KBE
Sir Peter became Chairman of Thames Water in December 2006, and brings extensive experience in engineering, construction and complex capital investment businesses.
He retired as CEO of AMEC plc in September 2006, and previously was Chairman and CEO of Balfour Beatty Limited. Sir Peter was the senior non-executive director of BAE Systems plc until May 2013 and until October 2008 was a board member of the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority. He is currently a non executive member of the Board of Spie SA and Senior Non Executive Director of Subsea 7 SA and was appointed Chairman of the AGS Group in October 2014.
Sir Peter was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) for services to International trade in 2002.
Steve Robertson, Chief Executive Officer
Steve Robertson became CEO of TWUL in September 2016, having previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Truphone, where he developed ground breaking technology allowing it to become a disruptive player in the global market.
Brandon Rennet, Chief Financial Officer
Brandon Rennet joined TWUL March 2017 as Chief Financial Officer.
Nick Fincham, Strategy and Regulation Director
Nick was appointed to the TWUL Board on 1 April 2016. Since April 2011, Nick has been a member of TWUL's Executive Committee as Director of Strategy and Regulation.
Independent non-executive directors
Lorraine Baldry OBE
Lorraine was appointed as an independent non-executive director of TWUL in September 2014. Lorraine has over 40 years experience in a wide range of industries including Technology, Broadcasting, Distribution, Real Estate and Financial Services. Lorraine is Chairman of London & Continental Railways, Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust Limited, Inventa Partners Ltd and Tri-Air Developments Ltd.
She is the Senior Independent Director of Circle Holdings (UK) plc and a Governor at the University of the Arts London. Lorraine was Chief Executive of Chesterton International plc and prior to that held various senior positions at Prudential Corporation, Morgan Stanley and Regus. She is a former Chairman of London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and Central London Partnership and non-executive director of St Ives plc and DTZ Holdings plc. Lorraine was also a Board Member of the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Lorraine is an Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Past President of the British Property Federation. She was awarded OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours.
Dame Deirdre Hutton CBE
Dame Deirdre Hutton was appointed as an independent non-executive director of Thames Water Utilities in July 2010. She is Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority, Pro-Chancellor of Cranfield University, and a non-executive director of Castle Trust. She was a non-executive member of the Treasury, was previously Chair of both the National Consumer Council and Food Standards Agency and is currently Vice President of the Trading Standards Institute and Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Authority. She has also held a number of positions on a variety of bodies dealing with food issues.
Nick became a non-executive director of TWUL in February 2017. A chartered accountant, Nick retired as Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP in 2006 after a career spanning 36 years with the firm. He became an audit partner in 1978 and held a number of management appointments before becoming Managing Partner in 1992. He was elected Chairman in 1995 and joined the Global Executive Board at that time. He was also Chairman of Ernst & Young’s Northern Europe, India, Middle East and Africa Region.
Nick is a non-executive director of the Financial Reporting Council and a non-executive director of Vodafone Group plc. He stepped down as a non-executive director of Ashmore Group plc in October 2016, BBA Aviation plc in May 2016, Alliance Boots GmbH in 2015 and Royal Dutch Shell plc in 2010. He is an adviser to the board of Dentons UKEMEA LLP and Silicon Valley Bank London and chairs the Private Equity Reporting Group of the British Venture Capital Association.
He is also chairman of the board of trustees of the Vodafone Group Foundation.
Ian Pearson was appointed as an independent non-executive director of TWUL in September 2014. Ian works in strategy and business development for major organisations. In addition to being an iNED at Thames Water he is a member of the Advisory Board of the accountants PwC, Chairman of Octopus VCT2 plc and of CrowdBnk Ltd, and a Senior Adviser to Avanti Communications. Elected to Parliament in a by-election in December 1994, until standing down before the 2010 general election, Ian had various roles in Government. He was Economic Secretary to the Treasury between 2008 and 2010. Before that he had important roles as Science and Innovation Minister, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Minister for Trade, and as a Minister in Northern Ireland. Ian studied PPE at Balliol College, Oxford before gaining a Masters and Doctorate at the University of Warwick.
Ed Richards CBE
Ed Richards was appointed as an independent non-executive director of TWUL in July 2010. He was Chief Executive of Ofcom until December 2014, having previously been the Chief Operating Officer. He was previously a senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister for media, telecoms, the internet and e-government and Controller of Corporate Strategy at the BBC. He is currently leading the independent review of financial services trade associations and is also a Director of Donmar Warehouse and a Governor of the London School of Economics.
Kenton was appointed a Non-Executive Director of TWUL in May 2017. He is currently Managing Director, Asset Management at OMERS Infrastructure where he is responsible for the active management of several investments, with a focus on Europe. His asset management experience includes: Caruna, Ellevio, NET4GAS, Scotia Gas Networks and Tank & Rast.
Kenton previously served as a Director at Infracapital (the infrastructure investment arm of M&G Investments), where he sat on the boards of various portfolio companies. Prior to Infracapital, he was SVP Infrastructure and Regulation at e.on, based in Germany. He began his career as a consultant working in the utilities and space sectors, and has held various senior operational and strategic roles in infrastructure businesses.
Kenton has a First Class Honours degree in engineering from Cambridge University, has attended the program for management development at Harvard, and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Christopher became a non-executive director of TWUL in December 2006. He brings extensive experience as a banker and advisor in major infrastructure and project finance. Presently, he is an adviser to OFGEM on the offshore wind transmission programme and a member of the Investment Committee for the Dutch Infrastructure Fund. He is a non-executive director of various other companies and a Member of the Franco British Council.
Nick Horler was appointed as a non-executive director of TWUL in April 2014. Nick is a portfolio non-executive director. He has been a member of the Board of the Royal Mail since 2010 and a member of the Board of the Go-Ahead Group since 2011. He has been Chair of Alderney Renewable Energy Ltd since 2013 and Chair of Meter Provida Ltd since 2014. He became Chair of Adler & Allan in March 2015. He recently stepped down as the Chair of the Advisory Board of KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources practice which he held from 2011-2014.
Nick spent his Executive career in the energy industry. He worked for Phillips Petroleum for 12 years in a variety of roles in the UK and USA. He spent 11 years with E.On including 8 years on the Board of E.On UK, first as Managing Director of PowerGen Energy Trading Ltd and then as Managing Director of E.On Retail. He spent 2 and a half years as the CEO of Scottish Power from 2008 to 2010.
Guy became a non-executive director of TWUL in October 2014. Guy has been with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in the Infrastructure Division since February 2008, and currently heads up the utilities business globally within the Infrastructure Division. Guy is responsible for sourcing and executing new investments in the utilities sector and overseeing the existing utilities portfolio. Guy’s previous roles include Corporate Finance and Advisory Manager at Macquarie Capital London and Corporate Finance and Advisory Analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Guy has an MSc in Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands.